If you are in distress, there are 24/7 counselling services and other resources available. In an emergency, call 911.
Services & Supports
U of T Engineering Student Services & Support Resources
Academic Success and Engineering’s Learning Strategist help you reach your highest learning potential by providing programs and services that offer exams & note-taking strategies, learning & time management skills, and resources to sharpen your concentration & motivation.
CIE provides an array of services unique to international students and enables global learning for the U of T community. Engineering’s First Year International Student Advisors support students as they transition to the learning environment at U of T Engineering.
Equity offices and U of T Engineering’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives provide resources and conduct education and awareness initiatives on how to best realize the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and human rights and provide guidance on specific issues as they arise.
The Graduate Engineering Council of Students Mental Wellness Commission is a group U of T engineering graduate students who advocate for mental health and wellness, plan events, and work with the Faculty to implement positive change.
Health & Wellness provides a range of health services for your physical and mental health, wellness programs and information to help support you in achieving your personal and academic goals.
The Faculty's Mental Health Programs Officer builds capacity at U of T Engineering to support student mental health and well-being by offering mental health programs and training, conducting research and offering best practice insights.
Engineering students are welcome to call or visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office, located inside the Office of the Registrar, and make an appointment with the Financial Advisor for support surrounding financial challenges.
Skule Mental Wellness (SMW) is the University of Toronto’s mental wellness directorship for engineering students, which recognizes and addresses the importance and impact of mental health and wellness in everyday life.
Mental Health Learning Opportunities
U of T has a variety of mental health trainings, group counselling sessions, peer support groups, practices and other learning opportunities for students staff and faculty. Here are some that we thought you might be interested in.
Training Modules & Other Initiatives
Fostering a Culture of Care & Support at U of T Engineering: A Professional Development Certificate
Online learning module with components that can be done in person, 4-6 hours
A curriculum of training resources intended to build staff and faculty capacity to better support student mental health in their roles. A program evaluation will follow the completion of all components listed below as well as a digital professional development certificate endorsed by Dean Chris Yip.
- Supporting Student Mental Health at U of T (IAR approach), 30-90 minutes
- Suicide Prevention Training (either LivingWorks Start or safeTALK, 90 minutes virtual or 4 hours in person
- Three University resources to assist students in distress: SCRAP, CSO and CP (webinar), 25 minutes
- Sexual Violence Education & Prevention Module, 40 minutes
Identify, Assist, Refer (IAR)
Online learning module, 30 minutes - 1 hour
The University’s Identify, Assist, Refer (IAR) online learning module was developed to provide all members of the U of T community with the basic skills and information needed to provide the initial support to a colleague, student or loved one experiencing challenges that are impacting their mental health.
Mental Health Initiatives Community of Practice (MHI CoP)
Are you a student planning to organize a mental health initiative at U of T Engineering this year? Would you like to have guidance and financial support?
Skule™ Mental Health Bursary
The Skule™ Mental Health Bursary provides financial aid to Undergraduate Engineering students at the University of Toronto who are experiencing challenging or unforeseen circumstances, with particular focus on students in need of increased mental health and wellness financial support. This may include: counselling, training, workshops, peer support groups, therapy sessions, resource guides and more. Applications accepted September – January, with two annual distribution cycles (October & February).
Apply to this bursary in the Award Explorer by searching “SkuleTM Mental Health Bursary”.
Suicide Prevention Training (Online)
Knowing how to recognize when someone may be having thoughts of suicide and having the tools and confidence to ask someone about their thoughts of suicide can be critical to saving someone’s life. To build individual and community capacity to recognize and respond to suicide risk at the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE) we have suicide prevention training options available to students, staff, and faculty. We tailor these offerings to the FASE community by highlighting helpful resources within the Faculty and beyond for students with thoughts of suicide and we work with student groups, offices, programs and departments to determine internal protocols related to suicide risk and support.
Supporting Student Mental Health at U of T Engineering
This session is 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the group’s requirements.
U of T Engineering's staff, librarians, faculty and student leaders all play an important role in supporting student mental health. In this session your facilitator(s), the Faculty Critical Incident Coordinator and/or the Mental Health Programs Officer, will review U of T Engineering’s reporting protocol and share information about helpful resources available to you throughout the process should you require assistance while supporting a student.
To prepare for this training it is helpful for everyone to have the same baseline understanding of mental health and the University's Identify, Assist, Refer model. To achieve this, we suggest that participants complete the IAR Online Learning Module prior to this session.
To participate in Supporting Student Mental Health at U of T Engineering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can also develop and help to source a wide range of workshops on topics relating to mental health and overall well-being.
- Setting Boundaries
- Better Coping Skills
- Sleep Well
- Imposter Phenomenon
- Navigating and Registering with Accessibility Services
- Navigating Wellness Services as an Engineering Student
- Mental Health Resources for specific communities (e.g., 2SLGBTQ+, Varsity Blues, Grad)
To discuss training needs or request a workshop, please contact email@example.com.
U of T Engineering’s Mental Health Programs Officer lays out some advice on how students can effectively deal with some of the new challenges they may be facing.
Accessing private practice mental health therapy can be costly, but it’s not your only option. Check out this guide from U of T Engineering & GECoS to learn more.
Skule™ Mental Wellness (SMW), the University of Toronto’s mental wellness directorship for engineering students, puts together an annual handbook filled with resources, tips and helpful information relating to supporting your mental health as a U of T Engineering student.
A study from Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE) and Daniel Di Matteo (ECE PhD candidate) shows that recordings of ambient noise from a smartphone could be used to shed light on a subject’s mental health.
Mental Health Programs Officer
U of T Engineering Mental Health Programs Officer
Meet with Teresa Woo, the Faculty’s Mental Health Programs Officer:
- to learn more about mental health training opportunities
- to inform your programming with best-practice insights
- for support with student mental health resource navigation
- to learn more about mental health initiatives at U of T Engineering
Undergraduate students: Book a meeting through the advising portal
Graduate students, staff & faculty: Book a meeting through email
We are always looking for areas that need improvement and ways we can help our community feel more connected and supported. If you have a suggestion to share, please contact Teresa Woo, U of T Engineering Mental Health Programs Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.